** Thank you Netgalley & Berkley Publishing for my eARC in exchange for an honest review **
Genre: Thrillers, Psychological Thrillers
My Rating: DNF – ⭐⭐⭐
This was one of my most anticipated reads of the year!!
It’s like Haunting of hill house meets The Shining.
Had I not read or watched The Haunting Of House, I would have loved this more than I did, and possibly deemed it a favourite. However, this felt like a rewrite and just too similar for me to truly enjoy it the way it should be.
I hate it when books have the same storyline cause it literally feels like I’ve already read it.
Don’t get me wrong. This was not horrible by any means. It was a simple case of “it’s not you, it’s me.”
Having said that, if you:
1) Haven’t read The Haunting of Hill House
2) love a good ghost/haunted house story and
3) enjoy Riley Sager’s books like I do, you will definitely like this one.
What did you think? Have you read it yet? What’s your favourite Riley Sager book?
What was it like? Living in that house.
Maggie Holt is used to such questions. Twenty-five years ago, she and her parents, Ewan and Jess, moved into Baneberry Hall, a rambling Victorian estate in the Vermont woods. They spent three weeks there before fleeing in the dead of night, an ordeal Ewan later recounted in a nonfiction book called House of Horrors. His tale of ghostly happenings and encounters with malevolent spirits became a worldwide phenomenon, rivaling The Amityville Horror in popularity—and skepticism.
Today, Maggie is a restorer of old homes and too young to remember any of the events mentioned in her father’s book. But she also doesn’t believe a word of it. Ghosts, after all, don’t exist. When Maggie inherits Baneberry Hall after her father’s death, she returns to renovate the place to prepare it for sale. But her homecoming is anything but warm. People from the past, chronicled in House of Horrors, lurk in the shadows. And locals aren’t thrilled that their small town has been made infamous thanks to Maggie’s father. Even more unnerving is Baneberry Hall itself—a place filled with relics from another era that hint at a history of dark deeds. As Maggie experiences strange occurrences straight out of her father’s book, she starts to believe that what he wrote was more fact than fiction.